The Oswego County Highway Department recently announced that construction on the county Route 48 bridge, otherwise known as Pineville Bridge, is ongoing and nearing completion.
The 100-year-old bridge that formerly crossed the Salmon River in the town of Albion was removed in September of last year to prepare for its replacement.
“It was necessary to replace the former Pineville bridge to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors to the area,” said Legislator James Oldenburg, District 14; chairman of the Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee. “We have worked with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) throughout this project to minimize its impact on the river and recreational boat traffic.”
Oldenburg added, “We don’t anticipate any river closures during the 2011 salmon run. The required work along the banks of the Salmon River has been completed and will not affect salmon fishing near the project area. We would like to remind anglers to use the Pineville fishing access parking lot and not enter the work zone for safety reasons.”
According to recent reports, the concrete bridge deck has been poured and is under cure. Work on the roadway approach is underway and construction is now expected to be completed in late October.
“Unfortunately, the project fell behind schedule and we were not be able to open this month as originally planned,” said Kurt Ospelt, superintendent of the Oswego County Highway Department. “We had projected to open the bridge before the start of this year’s fall fishing season; however, we have had some challenges in meeting this goal. Initially, construction was delayed because the permit process took longer than expected, and, over the last year, weather conditions have also contributed to the set-back.”
Construction of the concrete bridge foundation was delayed during the winter season due to concerns about the effect of cold weather on concrete production and placement. Higher than normal river levels this past spring also limited production of the bridge foundation at the pier and north abutment.
To minimize further delays, construction has already been completed on a significant portion of the south roadway approach.
The new bridge will be wider than the last, including two lanes and shoulders, and offer improved sight distance and truck carrying capacity. A concrete sidewalk will run along the east side of the bridge and extend to Sheepskin Road on the north side of the river. From there, anglers and pedestrians can follow a paved walkway down to the river’s north side fishing access point. Using these paved walkways, anglers can now safely cross the bridge to access the south side of the river as well.
The new bridge will also include aesthetic treatments to the concrete sub-structures and bridge railing to better match the surrounding environment.
A traffic detour has been established using county Route 2A, Centerville Road and state Route 13. Proper signage is in place to direct motorists to the temporary route. Additional signage directs visitors to New York State DEC fishing access points and local businesses. Out-of-state anglers coming from Interstate 81 North can reach the north side of the river without adding extra mileage by following the detour signs to cross on county Route 2A.
Roadway construction near the intersection of county Route 48 and Sheepskin Road will likely include temporary lane closures to complete the job this fall. Appropriate construction signage and flag people will be used to maintain traffic flow.
The Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee oversees the Highway Department. In addition to Legislator Oldenburg, the committee includes Vice-Chairwoman Barbara Brown, District 8; and Legislators Daniel Chalifoux, District 19; Mark Fruce, District 24; Linda Lockwood, District 11; Milferd Potter, District 2; and Amy Tresidder, District 16.
For more information or traffic alerts, call the Oswego County Highway Department at 315-349-8331.